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Rearview Mirror: Stepping back 100 years in Hawaii

Welcome to 2019! I know. You’re not ready. So let’s take it slooooow. Let’s take a trip back to 1919. What was it like to live in Hawaii 100 years ago? Read More

Rearview Mirror: Recognizing this year’s outstanding characters

Every year at this time I review my Rearview Mirror columns from the past 12 months and award those men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the islands in their lifetimes. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Look back at 2018 features mascots, music and more

Writing this column is always a process of discovery for me. I look into something and, to my delight, often learn many things I didn’t know before. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Stories learned in 2018 include schools and 2 dogs

Each year at this time, I look back at my last 12 months of columns for some of the things I learned in the year. Rearview Mirror is often a process of discovery for me, as well as my readers. In December I like to review the year and some of my favorite stories. Read More
 

Rearview Mirror: Pearl Harbor pilot overcame 500 bullet holes in his plane

In April I wrote about two pilots who took off and engaged the attacking Japanese Zeros on Dec. 7, 1941. Read More

Rearview Mirror: A drive-in down memory lane

I’m approaching my 400th Rearview Mirror column (Dec. 7). The columns that have gotten the most comments and emails have been about restaurants and drive-ins that were open when many of my readers were teenagers. Here are some of the latest stories I’ve received about those. Read More
 

Rearview Mirror: St. Louis Alumni Association clubhouse featured Mariota’s ‘NFL Draft Party’

Classmates at Saint Louis School remain close all their lives after graduating. One reason for that might be that they have their own clubhouse in Moiliili. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Escape by isle resident among WWI’s centennial stories

The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I is Sunday. The impact of this “Great War”— as it was called at the time — in Hawaii was quite different from the Second World War. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Rumors about waitress who haunted Wako Tea House

Since Halloween fell in the middle of the week, I thought I’d begin with a ghost story. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Female police officer was a trailblazer

New Police Chief Susan Ballard spoke to my Honolulu Rotary club recently. She said she owed her position to a trail- blazing woman at the Honolulu Police Department named Lucile Abreu. Read More

Rearview Mirror: From roller rink to nightclub, Dot’s has storied history in Wahiawa

I’ve written about Wahiawa on several occasions this year. This time, I thought I’d write about one of its icons — Dot’s restaurant. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Hawaii features many places related to popular culture

Three years ago, I wrote about company names that have an association with songs, movies and TV shows, such as the Yum Yum Tree, Rosie’s Cantina, Sweet Leilani and Blue Hawaii. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Readers write about renaming of Waikiki Shell, other topics

Each week, I receive lots of questions or suggestions from readers. They had some interesting ideas recently, and I’ll write about them today. Read More
 

Readers offer outtakes on movies filmed in Hawaii

I received several interesting comments from readers regarding my columns about the movies “In Harm’s Way” (Aug. 10) and “The Descendants” (Sept. 7). Read More

Rearview Mirror: It’s a full house when it comes to names in Hawaii

One of my readers, Wally Hirai, told me last month that he dined with a group of friends at Bravo restaurant below Anna Miller’s in Aiea. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Hawaii mortuary adviser relished role in ‘The Descendants’

A few weeks ago I wrote about the movie “In Harm’s Way” and how the director, Otto Preminger, wanted things to be as authentic as possible. Read More

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